The sacrifice of Polyxena
1650 - 1692
after Pietro da Cortona
1596 - 1669
Polyxena, daughter of King Priam of Troy and Hecabe, was taken by Agamemnon after the fall of Troy. She was sacrificed on the Thracian coast to appease the ghost of Achilles and to ensure fair weather and safe sailing.
43.8 x 62.6 cm platemark (irreg.); 51.0 x 76.1 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
Referenced in 2 publications
Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 6. no catalogue numbers
Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers